Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 191001 - Northern Gulf Institute
Location: Miami, FL
Categories: Professional
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will use observations and ocean, atmosphere, and/or coupled atmosphere-ocean models to work on a project which goal is to advance our understanding of the physical mechanisms that control Tropical Cyclone (TC) steering flow, and thus landfall as well as to generate a seasonal outlook for TC landfall on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. As such, the successful candidate will explore to what extent large-scale ocean and atmospheric variability could be used to predict TC steering flow and hence landfalling in the sub-seasonal to the seasonal time scale, targeting the hurricane season (June-November). This project involves the use of data from an existing repository of TC best-track, seasonal hindcasts from large-ensemble simulations of multi-decadal periods from general circulation models, and conduct novel global and regional model experiments. Some of the specific tasks that the successful candidate is expected to conduct are:

(1) Assess the seasonal predictability of the Atlantic Warm Pool (AWP) and associated atmospheric states conducive for TC landfall.
(2) Perform a general circulation model experiment to assess the influence of the tropical Atlantic SST anomalies on the general circulation of the atmosphere and thus on hurricane steering flow.
(3) Perform Beta-advection model experiments in a hindcast model to assess the probability as well as the potential predictability of landfalling hurricanes.
(4) Develop a seasonal prediction system for U.S. landfalling hurricanes

The incumbent is expected to function in a team-work environment and will be responsible for all aspects of research activities. He or she will be responsible for developing the necessary software for analyzing scientific data, presenting findings at scientific meetings, and publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography/Atmospheric Science or a related field. The incumbent must also demonstrate the ability on the authorship of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, technical and agency reports, or patent preparation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Highly desirable qualifications include knowledge of Unix and Fortran, strong backgrounds in numerical modeling and analysis of large-scale ocean and atmosphere datasets, and good communication skills.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on the requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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